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Citing Political Cartoons: Home

Citation Format

Cartoonist’s Last name, First name. “Title of Cartoon.” Cartoon. Title of Original Source in Italics, publication date, Location URL. 

Sources

Best Sources (include what you need to cite):

Acceptable Sources (via Google/Bing image search):

  • Artist's Home Page
  • Original Newspaper/News Site

DO NOT USE:

  • Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.)
  • CartoonStock.com (cartoons are watermarked and poor quality)

 

Examples

BASIC MODEL FOR CARTOON CITATION:

Cartoonist’s last name, First name. “Title of Cartoon.” Cartoon. Title of Newspaper in Italics, publication date, Location URL. 

EXAMPLES:

Cartoon from Cagle.com:

  • Cole, John. “Drone Missile on Mars.” Cartoon. Cagle, 25 April, 2021, cagle.com/john-cole/2021/04/drone-missile-on-mars.

Cartoon from PoliticalCartoons.com:

  • Koterba, Jeff. “Needing a Bridge for Infrastructure.” Cartoon. PoliticalCartoons, 26 April, 2021, politicalcartoons.com/sku/250968.

Cartoon from legitimate news source:

  • Telnaes, Ann. "Madam Vice President." Cartoon. The Washington Post, 7 November 2020, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/11/07/madam-vice-president/.

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Problems?

What if I can't find the original source?

  1. Try doing a reverse google image search.  In Google, click the small camera icon in the search bar and upload the image or URL (upload works better).
  2. Try googling the artist/newspaper/date info from the cartoon itself.  Original newspaper/news site is best; artist site is also good.

What if there is no clear cartoon title?

  • Do your best to come up with a title based on the text in the cartoon.

What if there is no cartoon artist?

  • Use the title of the cartoon.  Your goal is for the reader to be able to locate the same cartoon in the same source that you used.

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